Nevada is on the move

The Obesity Prevention Foundation Kicks Off Let’s Move Nevada!

A month-long initiative to get families moving

RENO, Nev. (May 6, 2010)— The Obesity Prevention Foundation is on a mission to get families moving. Let’s Move Nevada! – an initiative designed to increase awareness and understanding about childhood obesity – takes place throughout the month of June and provides creative opportunities for parents and children to get active.

The Center for Disease Control and Prevention recommends that children engage in
60 minutes or more of daily physical activity in order to grow up to a healthy weight. Adults should engage in a moderate mix of aerobic exercise and muscle strengthening several days a week.

“Let’s Move Nevada has got to be the top health priority for everybody in the state right now,” said Dr. Kent Sasse, founder of the Obesity Prevention Foundation. “If you really think about the number one health problem for both children and adults, it’s weight gain.”

In order to help families discover fun ways to get fit, Dr. Sasse and the Obesity Prevention Foundation have created the free Let’s Move Nevada! Activity Tour. Families can start the tour with free health screenings and counseling from certified counselors at the International Metabolic Institute. Screenings will be available Tuesday, June 1 through Friday, June 4 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Participants can call iMetabolic at (775) 829-7999 for an appointment.

The Let’s Move Nevada! Activity Tour also includes a free boxing clinic, garden workshop, kids bike race, boot camp and hula-hoop session. Families can download an Activity Tour passport at www.obesitypreventionfoundation.org and get a stamp at every weekly Let’s Move Nevada! event. Participants who get active on every stop of the tour will win their share of prizes.

Let’s Move Nevada! Activity Tour

Let’s Get It On Boxing Camp
A two-hour boxing clinic with boxers from the University of Nevada, Reno
Saturday, June 5
10 a.m. – noon
Elite Boxing
920 Matley Lane
Reno, Nevada
89502

Get Out and Garden Workshop
A gardening workshop with
UNR Cooperative Extension Master Gardeners Program
Saturday, June 12
10 a.m. – noon
University of Nevada, Reno
5305 Mill Street
Reno, NV
89502

Tour de Nez Kids Bike Race
A kids-only bike race in Downtown Reno
Friday, June 18
6 p.m.
Wingfield Park
1st Street and Arlington Avenue
Reno, Nevada
89501

Beat Obesity Boot Camp
A private work out session with local trainers
Saturday, June 19
10 a.m. – noon
Boys and Girls of Truckee Meadows
Donald W. Reynolds Facility
2680 East Ninth Street 
Reno, Nevada
89512

Velocity Movement Hoop Off
hula hoop class taught by hooping experts
Saturday, June 26
10 a.m. – noon
Velocity Movement
1085 South Virginia Street
Reno, Nevada
89502

According to experts at iMetabolic, lean body mass is very critical to weight maintenance and basal or resting metabolic rates; 60 to 70 percent of the calories people burn come from this relationship. Knowing how this process works is one of the keys to bringing long-term, successful weight management.

“Greater exercise means less depression, better feelings of energy, better health and less anxiety. There are so many benefits across the board; I can’t be more excited about Let’s Move Nevada! kicking off,” said Dr. Sasse.

For more information about Let’s Move Nevada! and the Obesity Prevention Foundation visit www.obesitypreventionfoundation.org. Visit us on Facebook at Facebook.com/Let’sMoveNevada

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The Obesity Prevention Foundation was established to provide communities with leadership and educational resources to combat the epidemic of childhood obesity. Founded in Northern Nevada in 2005, the Obesity Prevention Foundation focuses on direct interventions with educational programs; cooking and nutrition classes; and fitness and wellness demonstrations for schools, classrooms, youth groups, churches and family organizations. The foundation also serves to develop strategy and craft policy solutions for communities and legislatures to combat childhood obesity at the society level. For more information, visit the Obesity Prevention Foundation online at www.obesitypreventionfoundation.org.

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